Canadian Road Safety News Digest

Toronto to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of increasing safety

November 25, 2014   |   Categories: Canadian Road Safety News Digest, News

Last Updated on December 5, 2014

November 25, 2014, Globe and Mail (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Toronto will narrow many of the city’s traffic lanes in a bid to increase safety by reining in speeds while freeing up space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks.

The city has just finished a new policy for lane widths, guidelines that will be rolled out gradually across Toronto.

It will mean that, over a period of years, the lanes on streets across the city will be redrawn. A city official said current widths can encourage drivers to go faster than necessary. The new lanes will generally range from 3 to 4.3 metres, depending on location.

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